With a new Netflix series on the horizon, the Punisher has once again been propelled into the spotlight. As one of Marvel's more controversial characters, old Frank Castle has enjoyed something of a tempestuous history - one chock full of murder, torture, and the odd crossover here and there.
Said history has meant that a whole bunch of misconceptions regarding the character have become commonplace, but even truer is that there are elements of it that, not for lack of trying, Marvel would much rather prefer you'd forget.
This involves everything from the basic fundamentals of the character to some of the straight-up bizarre narrative decisions writers have taken with him over the years. He's crossed over with Archie (yes, that Archie), smacked around the odd animal here and there, and that's before we even get to the guy's inexorable bodycount.
Frank Castle has always been one to cut a divisive figure on the page as much as off it, but those uglier, more closely guarded secrets remain in the shadows...